The more I read about Bug — the little yellow Volkswagen with the expressive face and will to succeed — the more I like him. Reading positive messages, even when we know what to expect, is an effective adjunct to positive self-talk (as opposed to talking to oneself. Always do that with a cell phone or Bluetooth in place and no one will think anything of it). Adults who read the Bug’s Adventure Series to children will benefit from being reminded how to think positively (and effectively).
In Bug Meets His Friend, the second in the series, we join Bug in a winter adventure. He teams up with his friend, Cooper, who helps him choose between the playground and the track as the day’s destination. They opt for the track, but on the way it begins to snow. By the time they get to the track, it is snow-covered. Snow won’t hold our heroes back, and they delight in being the first to make tracks. They start out slowly, but then commence racing (I’m getting suspicious. When it snows, I don’t drive anywhere. Does my car take off on its own for a little frosty fun?), and, happily, neither skids or slides into anything.
The two little cars race around the track until dark, then go home. Bug Meets His Friend shows us, through playful illustrations by author K.M. Groshek, that things are more fun when we have a friend with which to share them, and when we’re stuck on a decision, we can ask someone else’s advice. Of the three Bug books I’ve read (including, Bug’s Trip to the Store and Bug Goes through the Maze), Bug Meets His Friend is the slightest. Car-loving kiddies, though, are sure to identify with the two little cars and enjoy the story and the bright pictures that accompany it.
I have to remind myself that all stories need not carry a heavy message, that reading should be done for the enjoyment of the written word and the storyteller’s skill. With Bug Meets His Friend, Groshek delivers a story to which children can relate. Perky little (or should I say “sub-compact”?) Bug and his friend Cooper enjoy a day out playing in the snow. I hope to encounter these two again — perhaps Cooper has a sister named Minnie — in further adventures.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Bug Meets His Friend? Yes, it’s a sweet tale for young children.